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Another pocket

In the mid to late 1800s, Felix Nadar, a French photographer, experimented with and pioneered the use of artificial lighting in photography. Nadar was the pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, born in the 19th century and died in the early 20th century; … Continue reading

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Finding the pockets

Beginnings and ends of semesters are frantic. Middles are not much better. But there are always pockets, and this week was full of the most magnificent pockets — even amidst the height of administrative banality. Two pockets have to do … Continue reading

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humans of kerala

The phenomenon that is HONY has inspired numerous photographic spinoffs — among them, (the occasionally quirky captions of) Humans of Paris, (the close-up portraits of) Souls of San Francisco, (the “still finding its groove”) Humans of London, and several more — even … Continue reading

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Saturation — sabbatical as pilgrimage, part 1

A dry sponge has a limit to how much liquid it can hold, after which point it oozes out more than it soaks up thus rendering it, effectively, no longer worthy of its name: sponge. That moment, just before the … Continue reading

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“We only know that to live is to live for.”

Much in the same way that the writings of Transtromer and Calvino found their way onto the dashboard of my mind’s eye, so, too, have the words of Paz once again surfaced and made themselves known. This time, they were … Continue reading

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cities and books and a few more looks

The concept of “stumbling-upon” is ever alive and well. Most recently, while visiting the author Teju Cole’s facebook page to locate a link to one of his recent audio interviews (in which he talks about his latest small fates project … Continue reading

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Little Edens

There is something grand about the looks on people’s faces when they walk into a bookstore. Many stop talking, if only for an instant, to take in the surroundings. Some slow their gait, allowing their eyes and sometimes fingers to … Continue reading

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sometimes you feel like a cut

It’s a fact. If I’m stressed or in a rut, I run out and get my hair cut. Unintended awkward rhyming couplet aside, the fact remains that chopping my locks, however short they may already be, has a rejuvenating effect. … Continue reading

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harrod’s food halls

sometimes, a photo works better than words See more here

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serendipity

an utterance — overheard, put on the record, taken to heart, life changing stopping at the rest room on the 3rd floor instead of the 4th or 2nd — the face of kindness, joyful, heart-gladdening* spirit being assigned to a … Continue reading

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the straying butterfly

in his introduction of w.g. sebald during the german author’s appearance at the jewish community center in new york city in december, 2001, andre aciman spoke about the uncanny nature of our encounters with texts. that is, free from a … Continue reading

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#whyiwrite

October 20th has been enthusiastically and fondly called a National Day on Writing. I learned about this a few days ago when I started seeing the hashtag #whyiwrite appear in my twitter feed, and it got me thinking about the … Continue reading

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right words

“The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is … the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” — Mark Twain after a near-fortnight of monk-like existence — as is commonplace during a vipassana meditation course — i … Continue reading

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words, Words, WORDS!

i just spent the last hour flitting from blog to blog to twitter account to facebook page and back — all publicly available spaces of relative strangers whose writing drew me in and gave me pause: in a world where … Continue reading

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